Catching Prospect Anel De La Santos tops the Prospect List this week
By Chuck Richter - Angelswin.com Executive Editor
Once a week (Every Monday) AngelsWin.com will cover the top 10 hottest prospects in the organization. We will list their current stats and feats with a little blurb on each player. This is a great way for you Halo fans to find out who's hot in the Angels organization. It is important as a fan to know who is up and coming in the organization because prospects not only strengthen our team in the future, but they also become trade fodder for teams looking to rebuild who might give up an established player in the big leagues.
The Top 10 Angels Prospect Hotlist
1. Anel De Los Santos, C, Low-A Ball Cedar Rapids Kernels
Season Totals: (.263, .296, .408 - 2 Hr's, 11 RBI's)
The top defender behind the dish in the Angels organization, known for his defensive ability behind the plate has started to heat up on the offensive side after an extremely slow start with the bat to start the season.
Anel, hit .350 in his last 10 games and that comes with 4 multi-hit games in that span along with 2 Home Runs. Scouts love his bat speed, but he still needs to be a bit more selective at the plate as he's walked just 3 times vs. 24 strikeouts. Scouts believe Anel can develop into a .250-.265 hitter with 15-20 homers a year, but because of his tremendous defensive abilities, anything Anel provides on the offensive side is a bonus.
2. Nick Green, SP, Triple-A Salt Lake Bees
Season Totals: (3-0, 2.78 ERA, .263 BAA - 35 2/3 innings, 23 K's, 11 Walks)
This Nick, not Adenhart, was suppose to get the call last Thursday in place of Dustin Moseley, but that didn't happen. Perhaps the Angels made the wrong move because on Green's scheduled day to start he blanked a good hitting Memphis club through 6 2/3 innings, giving up just 3 hits. Ooops?
3. Peter Bourjos, OF, High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Season Totals: (.320, .360, .456 - 8 2B's, 3 3B's and 18 SB's)
Bourjos hit a solid .359 over his last 10 games, notching his 3 triples over that same stretch, along with 5 doubles. Peter is 2nd in the CAL League in stolen bases (18) despite missing nearly a week with the Quakes earlier in the season with a minor injury.
4. Matt Brown, 3B, Triple A, Salt Lake Bees
Season Totals: (.407, .451, .743 - 7 HR's, 11 2B's and 24 RBI's)
Brown got a call up to the big leagues and looked awful in his first start against the A's last week. However, he did manage to get his first Major League hit in the late innings of a blow out game with an 2 RBI double. Brownie was back in Salt Lake over the weekend and back on track as he inched closer to PCL leader in Slugging pct. (Nelson Cruz) posting a .743 Slugging pct, after hitting his 7th HR of the season on Saturday.
5. Dan Denham, SP, Double-A Arkansas Travelers
Season Totals: (1-3, 0.39 ERA - 14 K's, 13 Walks in 23 Innings)
One of 4 former 1st round picks from other clubs that the Angels have signed to a minor league contract over the winter, Denham the Indians 1st rounder in 2001 has begun to resurrect his career with the Double-A affiliate Arkansas Travelers.
The control artist through 4 starts has posted a 0.39 ERA, with his last start against Tulsa (Rockies Double-A affiliate) being the best. Denham hurled 8 innings of shutout ball, fanning 7 hitters.
6. Michael Anton, SP, Low-A Ball Cedar Rapids Kernels
Season Totals: (4-1, 2.58 ERA - 38 1/3 innings 24 K's, 9 Walks)
The southpaw from Stuttgart, Germany, has given up just 1 run in 4 of his 6 starts this season, one of those on Sunday as he threw 6 2/3 innings, giving up just 1 run while fanning 6. Anton and Nick Green have the two best changeups in the organization.
7. Giancarlo Alvarado, SP, Triple-A Salt Lake Bees
Season Totals: (2-0, 2.60 ERA - 27 2/3 25 K's, 11 Walks, .182 BAA)
Outside of one bad start, the free agent Puerto Rican has been solid for the Salt Lake Bees in 2008. In Alvarado's last two starts he's given up no runs through 12 2/3 innings, giving up just 6 hits in those two starts, while fanning 11.
8. Clay Fuller, OF, Low-A Ball Cedar Rapids Kernels
Season Totals: (.258, .318, .443 - 5 2B's, 5 3B's, 1 HR and 4 SB's)
Fuller hit .361 over his last 10 games, while pounding out 3 doubles, 2 triples and his first home run of the season. Clay started off the season slowly, but he's coming around of late, especially when runners are on base. Fuller has driven in 10 runs in his last 10 games.
9. Terry Evans, OF, Triple-A Salt Lake Bees
Season Totals: (.305, .389, .453 - 2 HR's, 8 2B's and 2 SB's)
Evans has hit .366 in his last 10 games, one of those games was a 4-4 contest against Memphis last week. Though he's hitting well for average, one has to worry about his lack of plate discipline (13 walks, 29 strikeouts) and power, as he clubbed just 15 HR's last season and he's only got 2 thus far with Salt Lake.
10. Mason Tobin, SP, Low-A Cedar Rapids Kernels
Season Totals: (2-0, 1.23 ERA - 22 Innings, 10 K's, 6 Walks, .171 BAA)
Mason started off the season with a 15 scoreless innings before he gave up 3 earned runs in 7 innings in his last start. Mason pounds the strike zone with an action fastball in the 90-93 MPH range. He's also shown tremendous strides early on with his slider and changeup. As you can see in the video below provided by area scout Phillip Richmond, his delivery is effortless and he hides the ball really well.
On the Outside Looking In
Triple-A Salt Lake City notables
Freddy Sandoval, 3B, U - .361, .402, 598 - 4 HR's, 9 2B's, 18 RBI's and 2 SB's.
Brad Coon, OF - .324, .419, .378 - 6 SB's, 5 CS's.
Bobby Wilson, C - .320, .386, . 400 - 6 2B's
Kendry Morales, 1B - .259, .287, .370 - 3 HR's, 3 2B's, 25 RBI's
Jose Arredondo, RP - 1.50 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 8 Saves, 12/9 Inn to K ratio
Rich Thompson, RP - 3.86, 9.1 Innings, 10 strikeouts
Double-A Arkansas Travelers notables
Michael Collins, 1B - .298, .385, .457 - 2 HR's, 7 2B's, 5 SB's
Ben Johnson, C - .250, .303, .463 - 5 HR's, 24 RBI's
Brok Butcher, SP - 4.05 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 33.1 Innings - 24 strikeouts, 14 walks
Kevin Jepsen, RP - 2.20 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 16.1 Innings - 22 strikeouts, 4 Saves
Stephen Marek, RP - 3.75 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 12 Innings - 14 strikeouts, 1 Save
High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes notables
Brian Walker, C - .318, .362, .494 - 3 HR's, 6 2B's
Mark Trumbo, 1B - .291, .341, .530 - 6 HR's, 8 2B's
Anthony Norman, OF - .301, .420, .578 - 4 HR's, 8 SB's
Sean O'Sullivan, SP, - 4.88 ERA, 1,28 WHIP, 31.1 Innings - 24 strikeouts
Barret Browning, RP - 2.87 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 15 2/3 Innings - 18 strikeouts, 3 Saves
Low-A Cedar Rapids Kernels notables
Efren Navarro, 1B - .329, .416, .459 - 1 HR, 8 2B's and 17 RBI's
Jordan Walden, SP - 3.03 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 32 2/3 Innings - 27 strikeouts
Trevor Reckling, SP - 4.01 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 24 2/3 Innings - 22 strikeouts
Robert Fish, SP - 4.13 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 28.1 Innings - 32 strikeouts
Ryan Braiser, RP - 1.10 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 16.1 Innings - 13 strikeouts